Congratulations to Harry Zheng who is the new u9 South of England champ with 5.5 out of 6.
In the u11 section Bhramav Rajesh was joint 4th with 4 out of 5 and Jerry Zheng had 3.5 (both of these players registered 130+ grading performances). In the u12 Closed Section Abbey Weersing scored 3.5 out of 5. Harry Zheng is pictured below with his trophy and his brother, Jerry.
Former Essex Junior Champion, Adam Taylor continues to makes progress towards the IM title with an excellent performance at the Hastings Congress. Current Essex juniors should aspire to achieve similar success - further details on the ECF and ECA websites and, of course, the Hastings Congress website.
The under 14 team played their second fixture of 2017/18 away against Kent on 2 December 2017. The teams were evenly matched and despite some early wins for Essex after the first round the scores stood level at six points each.
After the interval between the games we certainly hit the ground running winning seven of the first eight games to finish thus ensuring victory in the match. It was a credit to both teams that the remaining games continued to be well fought and there were two wins for each team giving a final score of 15-9 to Essex.
The 2nd Essex Junior Grand Prix of 2017/18 was held at The Kingswood Primary School, Basildon on 19 November and it attracted 89 entrants from across Essex including and a large number from other counties. There were also some juniors playing in the Open section for adults and those over 14.
Results in the various age groups were as follows –
5/6 – Max Pert (Billericay) and Akhilan Balasundaram (Barnet)
There were several Essex juniors competing at the Bury St. Edmunds Congress (28/29 October). Most were playing in the Minor (u120) section and many put in some good performances but none more so than Abigail Weersing who won first prize in the Minor with a clean sweep of five wins!
Minor scores - Abigail Weersing 5, Ryan Smith & Urbi Modhura 3.5 Purba Audhora, Lakshan Siddarth and Jerry Zheng 3 Tejas Mulay, Christopher Willoughby and Harry Zheng 2.5 Ben Chang 2 Charlotte Willoughby & Zoe Johnson 1.5